Tradition also cost big money

2014-09-19 00:00

DURBAN wedding co-ordinators say weddings are personal events and people invest a lot of their time in making their nuptials — even traditional ones — something memorable.

Durban wedding planner Ntombimpela Majozi of Nto’s Catering said: “Black people are paying way too much for their weddings.” Majozi planned and co-ordinated President Jacob Zuma’s nephew Khulubuse Zuma’s traditional wedding ceremony over the weekend.

She has also planned the weddings of Bheki Cele, Deebo Mzobe, first ladies Tobeka Mabida-Zuma and Nompumelelo Ntuli-Zuma, as well as Nomusa Dube.

Majozi said: “Black people are going back to their roots. Traditional Zulu weddings are hugely popular at the moment. And, even when it comes to traditional weddings, people are going all out and trying to outdo one another.”

She said: “Competition is tough. They want theirs to be better than so-and-so’s.”

Majozi said traditional weddings, particularly high-profile ones, could be expensive.

“Cattle are expensive. An average cow costs about R10 000. Traditional Zulu weddings have all of these processes like lobolo, umabo, umembeso and umbondo, and all of these ceremonies need cows, sheep or goats to be slaughtered.”

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